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Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm PDT
. now here's what mitt romney said. >> the unemployment rate as you know this year has come down very, very slowly but it's come down nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> he went on to say the country can do better, which is about what you would expect him to say, same as you would expect president obama to say what he said. that's the way the two sides do it, year in, year out, campaign after campaign. what no one does, at least not until now, is look at the numbers and suggest the fix is in. this morning, though, jack welch did tweeting, quote unbelievable job numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate so change numbers. chicago guys presumably meaning the obama campaign. we will talk to him about that. congressman alan west said this on his facebook page. in regard to today's jobs report, i agree with jack welch. chicago style politics is at work here. conservative commentator laura ingraham said obama's october surprise, thanks, hilda. that's labor secretary hi
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 3:00am PDT
's still the economy. campaigning in virginia coal country, mitt romney tried to dig through the latest jobs numbers. to make the case, he has not hit just yet. >> fewer new jobs created this month than last month and the unemployment rate, as you know to this year, has come down very slowly. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> still, one of romney's key metrics on the president's handling of the economy went up in smoke when the nation's unemployment rate dipped below 8%. >> 88% unemployment for over, what 43 months. >> we still have unemployment above 8%. >> he told us to get us back to work and hold unemployment for 8%. >> month after month, after month. >> it's a political bar rising. proposing statement at the first presidential debate. >> we've had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8%. if i'm president, i will help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes. >> reporter: but romney notes the president has fallen short of estimates set by the own economic advis
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2012 2:30pm PDT
since he took office, the unemployment rate fell below 8%. but his challenger, mitt romney, had a different take on the figures. he says they are actually a sign that things are getting worse. >> the unemployment rate, as you noted this year, has come down very slowly, but it has come down on the less. reason it has come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. we have made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> the two candidates have made radically different proposals on the way the u.s. economy should develop. it is not yet clear what effect the new employment numbers will have on the race for the white house. >> let's turn to the markets now and take a closer look at some market numbers. the dax ended the day 1.25% up. the euro stoxx 50 closed almost 2%. the dow jones currently going up
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 10:00am EDT
direction under varied economic policies that governor romney is articulating. we had crushing unemployment. unemployment went up every single month and that was a result of the policies and democrats have been articulating. we are going in a better direction. joblessness is going down. unemployment is going down. i would rather be going in that direction than the direction we went in. the numbers shall i think, are good, at not really as matter of politics which is good to the connery. that is what counts. >> congressman, i want to ask you a couple of questions about campaign strategy. one of them having to do with medicare.xxx i know that when paul ryan was picked as the republican vice president nominee. i don't think there is anybody more excited than were you about that. you gies have made it a living of paul ryan's budget and the proposal to turn medicare into a voucher program. am wondering though if you think that that line of attack on republicans has panned out as well as you thought it would give in the fact that the romney campaign has pointed to the medicare cuts obtained in th
FOX
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
. the labor department september jobs report shows the economy added 114,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate dropped significantly to 7.8% from 8.1% in august. 245 is a sur -- that is a surprise because economists were expecting it to tick up. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today. this will give him something to crow about today. it's the first time unemployment has been below 8% since he took office. the romney campaign will likely say it's not enough. some republicans are tweeting this morning the administration must be fudging the number. we are reaching out to both campaigns for reaction this morning. reporting live from washington, d.c. alison burns. >>> time now 6:15. the u.s. secret service has new policies in place now after the most embarrassing scandal in the secret service history. the new policy would ban excessive drinking and sharing of work related information on sites including facebook. all of this comes five months after more than a dozen secret service employees were accused of drunken partying with prostitutes. >>> morgan hill woman a
FOX News
Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm PDT
record. in mr. romney's view, if you take a look at the unemployment and account for those who have taken themselves out of job-seeking market, it's far worse than today's sub8 number. watch. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president got elected, why our unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> and the romney campaign and experts say if you take those who are out of work, those who stop looking for work and those are ho are under employee employed, the real unemployment number as it's called is north of 14%, harris. >> harris: number subject i understand came up on the trail today is that governor romney shifted his position on what he once called his inelegant remark about the 47%. >> that was one of the things that democrats were criticizing president obama for having not brought up in the debate the other night. criticizing mr. romney for his now 5 month old remarks to a closed fundraiser surreptitiously videoed that he suggested 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes are looking for some sort of government
ABC
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am PDT
, romney tried to spin the unemployment rate. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, as on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> reporter: the president, who spoke before romney, saw that charge coming. >> today's news, certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: but there was more. when the former ceo of general electric took to twitter and then the air waves, suggesting the obama campaign cooked the numbers. >> i don't know what the right number is. but i'll tell you, these numbers don't smell right when you think about where the economy is right now. >> reporter: many experts laughed off the charge. but the labor secretary, whose department compiles the monthly report, was not laughing. >> i'm insulted when i hear that. it's really ludicrous to hear that kind of statement. >> reporter: now, we know that here in florida, along with mitt romney, is rob portma
FOX
Oct 5, 2012 4:30am PDT
romney continue to target swing states today as the latest unemployment figures are set to be released in about an hour. president obama will visit virginia, then ohio. democrats are regrouping following wednesday's disappointing debate. president obama accused republican challenger of mitt romney of being dishonest. >>> mitt romney will also be campaigning in virginia today. he's holding a coal country rally just days after accusing the obama administration of crushing the coal industry. meantime romney is clarifying his controversial 47% comments. now he says he was completely wrong when he said half of americans are victims independent on the government. now both mitt romney and president obama will be keeping a close eye on the jobless report which is due to be released in about an hour from now. 115,000 jobs were added. they say that will increase the unemployment rate to 8.2%. now that some discouraging job seekers are returning to look for jobs. >>> the film that di pickets the osama bin laden man hunt is set to debut in two days. the new film is distributed by the weinstein com
ABC
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
morning, bianna. mitt romney is here in florida. this battleground state. and he comes to florida without one of his most potent weapons because that jobs reporter raced the claim that the unemployment rate has been above 8% for nearly four years. that change completely altered the political landscape and narrative of the last week. in virginia, there was no public high-fiving. but the jobs numbers were cheered by supporters of the president. >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> reporter: also in virginia, mitt romney's post-debate momentum ran smack right into those breakthrough numbers. >> more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: romney tried to spin the unemployment rate. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> reporter: the president, who spoke before romney, saw that charge coming. >> today's news, certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political p
FOX News
Sep 29, 2012 8:00pm PDT
in ohio. i want to get your reaction to it. >> one of the things that probably works against romney in ohio is the fact that governor kasich has done such a good job of fixing businesses in the state and attracting businesses in the state. our unemployment rate in ohio is lower than the national average. i think it's four points lower than the national average. as a result, people are still concerned about the competent and jobs in ohio but certainly isn't like you've seen in other states. >> patti ann: no question, is the paradox here that john kasich the republican governor is helping president obama win reelection? >> you know, paul i think i don't accept that. fact of the matter it's hard to defeat an incumbent president. two, ohio has always been a swing state and number three, in order for mitt romney to do better he has to be here more. the situation is we are doing better here. we went from 89 cents rainy day fund to loss of 400,000 jobs to up 123, so people are feeling better here, but we have the wind in our face. you know the uncertainty of threatened tax increases and bi
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am EDT
and i wouldn't be a perfect president and that's probably a promise that governor romney thinks i kept. >> the big question, can governor romney double down on his debate win and take control of this race. friday's surprisingly strong jobs report. >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> stop his momentum? we'll ask top advisers to both candidates, robert gibbs for obama, ed gillespie for romney. then insight and analysis on our powerhouse round table with our favorite political odd couple, james carville and mary matalin plus paul krugman of "the new york times," peggy noonan from "the "wall street journal"" and abc's jonathan karl. then -- >> what would you like for christmas, little boy? >> get off. >> the week's other political slugfest, bill o'reilly joins us live this morning. >> from abc news, "this week" with george stephanopoulos. it's "your voice, your vote" reporting from abc news, election headquarters, george stephanopoulos. >> hello, again, just 30 days now until the final votes and after the most intense week yet of this campaign, m
FOX
Oct 7, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. ♪ >> chris: unemployment drops below 8% for the first time in 44 months, both sides say romney wins debate one. with 30 days until the election, we'll discuss where the campaign stands now with republican senator kelly ayotte and democratic governor mark o'malley and, a debate guru explains the dos and don'ts. when 67 million people are watching. we'll ask brett o'donnell to review what obama and romney did in the first debate and what they should do better, next time. >>> plus, this week's face off between the vice presidential candidates. we'll ask our sunday panel the handicap, biden versus ryan. >>> and with the campaigns in post-debate spin cycle, we go on the trail. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and, hello, again, from fox news in washington. big changes in the presidential race, this week. the romney campaign was reenergized by the governor' strong performance in the first debate, but president obama got a big boost with a new jobs report, that showed a sharp drop in the unemployment rate. we're going to have our own debate today, between democratic governor mark
FOX
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am EDT
! >> no coincidence... >> mitt romney... >> we began with news the u.s. unemployment rate dropped to lowest level in nearly four years. >> president barack obama: this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> if the same share of people were participating in the workforce, today, as on the day the president got elected, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> president barack obama: today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy. to score a few political points. >> find to have someone elected president who has a plan and will create 12 million jobs and rising incomes. >> that is a serious statement... [cheers and applause]. >> chris: and there will be a lot more fireworks, in these final 30 days, of the campaign. now, a program note: be sure to tune into this fox station an fox news channel for full coverage of this week's vice presidential debate. that is thursday night, at 9:00 p.m and that's it for today. have a great week. and we'll see you next foz sunday. ♪ fox news sunday. ♪ bla
FOX Business
Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. and the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. melissa: republican presidential candidate mitt romney on the attack, unemployment is too high and more government just is not the answer. supporters on both sides agree romney crushed in the debate but will it add up to votes? karl rove here to break it down. >>> money tonight, gas shortage in california. prices skyrocket. stations close. will it spread across the country? we have details. >>> i'm getting serious about the saving the post office. i'm the turnaround specialist who can avoid a $11 billion default. i'm offering my services to the postmaster general. he is here in a fox business exclusive. even when they say it's not you know it is always about money. melissa: first let's take a look at the market headlines. all three major indices close in the green. all 10 sectors in the s&p finished on the plus side for a fourth straight day of gains. cisco names new number two. gary moore named president and chief operating officer. ceo john chambers says he will stay in his position between two and four more years. jobless claims rose s
PBS
Oct 6, 2012 12:00am PDT
. but in southwest virginia, romney fired back that the report does not portray a real recovery. >> the unemployment rate, as you noted, this year has come down very, very slowly. but it's come down, nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. so it looks like unemployment's getting better, but the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president got elected, why, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> brown: in fact, total employment in september did increase, for the first time since june, by 873,000. but two-thirds of those were people who took part-time jobs when they could not find full- time work. today, some even questioned the accuracy of the data. on twitter, former general electric c.e.o. jack welch suggested the obama administration manipulated the numbers. but on cnbc, labor secretary hilda solis called that claim "ludicrous" and defended the bureau of labor statistics. >> y
WETA
Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: the unemployment rate dropped below 8% for the first time since january 2009. president obama cheered the figures; mitt romney criticized the administration for not creating enough jobs. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, what do the numbers tell us about the true state of the labor market? we get an assessment. >> woodruff: then, gwen ifill reports on missouri's senate contest where the democratic incumbent has unexpectedly grabbed the lead. >> this the united states senate. mark shields an david brooks >> brown: mark shields and david brooks analyze the weeks news. >> woodruff: and ray suarez previews another political match to watch, thousands of miles south in venezuela, where long- time leader hugo chavez faces a young challenger. >> the election marks a watershed moment for the world's second largest oil producing nation. and a critical supplier of crude oil to the u.s. its number one customer. woodruff: t >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour.
FOX Business
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
of the deficit and also getting back to jobs and reducing unemployment which governor romney kept hammering on, unemployment above 8% for pushing four years now. that's a big deal. connell: jim pinkerton and dagen is right a lot of tax talk last night. thanks for coming in with us today. we appreciate it. dagen: nerds unite. we're open for business in cleveland. connell: absolutely. all day long, one of the newest businessman in that city, the new owner of the cleveland browns, he will join our own liz claman coming up next. ♪ think it's weird to collect air? you wouldn't think so if you saw what your lungs collect every time you breathe. protect your health with life-saving air quality updates from the american lung association. get our free "state of the air" app at lung.org. o0 c1 you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list that's a few names longer. you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to
CBS
Oct 5, 2012 5:00am PDT
would best handle unemployment, romney topped the president 51 to 45% in a cnn/orc poll taken before the debate. >>> well, that debate the president's debate performance has been widely criticized as not up to snuff. former vice president al gore speculated the colorado altitude may have been a factor. >> when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> -- and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> it may be a stretch. romney was at the same altitude although he spent a little more time in denver before the debate. hm. >> hm. i know a little bit about the altitude in denver. i don't know. football players, they go and they play. >> that's right. although the raiders didn't fare too well there. >> not at all. >> all right. >>> coming up, how free birth control is affecting unplanned pregnancy. >> plus a little girl's prayers are answered. how a good samaritan helped reunite her with her puppy. >> and is it a bird, a vampire or porcupine? the strange discovery uncovered in south africa. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, from her home. ten-year-old ith her do >>> well, a little
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 7:30pm PDT
jobs than we got back. part of what mitt romney is counting. unemployment, people have given up on looking, people with part-time jobs who would like to be full time. and counting people underemployed. like barack obama he is taking generally okay numbers and stretching them to the breaking point and that makes his claim also false, wolf. >> bottom line, what is the bottom line when it comes to jobs, the whole issue of the facts of the jobs issue. who benefits the most? >> well, once he pushes out the up and down, everything else, absolute unemployment rate, and it's a fact for a president to get re-elected with a high unemployment rate. all of the presidents re-elected since the 1950s and relative unemployment rates. dwight eisenhower, 4.1%, richard nixon, 5.6%. ron aeld reagan, 7.5%. and bill clinton, 5.1%. second george bush, 5.4%. and then look at barack obama down here. 8.1%. a whopping number for any president to carry into a re-election campaign. barack obama made history when he got elected the first time. if he gets re-elected, that will also be historic, because no pre
FOX News
Oct 1, 2012 3:00pm PDT
the national ample is, 8.2. >> sure. romney has gone to areas where unemployment is higher to feel his message will resonate better there. >> bret: women's issues. it seems like the percentage of women voting in colorado and maybe even in this area in particular is higher. >> women vote more than men do in colorado. last time they were 53% of the vote. but that is the roadmap. that is the model that the democrats used in the state. they call it the bennett model. senator bennett won this way winning big with the republican women and women overall two years ago. the model goes back several cycles past to 2004. democrats have had a successful strategy of winning republican women because they might be sort of a push on economic issues. democrats picked them off by talking about sorm issues and the women healthcare. that is something they really feel resonates in suburbs like arapahoe county where you have the soccer moms and they're on the fence and they feel like that is an issue to push them off the fence. >> growing hispanic population in colorado, as in much of the west. how does it factor in
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
romney is running in political news that may be blunting that momentum. the new unemployment report showing that the jobless rate has dipped below 8%, really taking away one of his key lines of attack against the president. for months, mitt romney has been saying the president failed to take the nation's unemployment rate below 8%, but at an event here in coal country in virginia, romney found a new way to crunch the numbers. here is what he had to say. >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month, and the unemployment rate, as you noted this year, has come down very, very slowly. but it has come down nonetheless. the reason it has come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: now for much of this weekend, romney will be campaigning across the state of florida, a state where the economic message will resonate on the state's unemployment rate has gone down in recent months, it is well above the national average. brooke? >> jim acosta for us in virginia. jim, thank you. >>> also, we have s
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 2:00pm EDT
romney, just like the president in virginia today as well, is saying the recent unemployment keeps dropping is that more and more americans have given up, given up finding work and they're not counted as unemployed. >> i'll tell you this, when i'm president of the united states, when i'm president of the united states, that unemployment rate is going to come down not because people are giving up and dropping out of the workforce, but because we're creating more jobs. i will create jobs and get america working again. >> and, you know, we're going to talk about politics here, but before we do that, this unexpected drop of the unemployment rate deserves a much closer look. alison kosik with you at the new york stock exchange, 7.8%, what is behind the number? >> okay, brooke, the unemployment rate fell because more people said that they had jobs, that's different from the previous month when he saw the unemployment rate drop a little bit because people dropped out of the workforce, people stopped looking for work. so in september, with this jobs report that we got today, when governmen
CBS
Oct 5, 2012 12:00pm EDT
years, the unemployment rate dipped below 8%. very good news for the white house. no president has been re- elected with unemployment above 8% since the great depression. but republican challenger mitt romney says that those numbers are not good enough. tara mergener has more now from the white house. >> reporter: john keenan is repairing bikes these days. not in montana where he owns a farm with his wife but in springfield, virginia. >> i moved back in with my parents the same house i grew up in. >> reporter: keenan left behind breathtaking vistas and his cashmere sheep because jobs are more plentiful on the east coast. >> it's been is very poor economy for a long time. it's tough to get a job. the scenery is awesome. everyone wants to move there but you can't eat the scenery. >> reporter: the latest job numbers suggest more of the same for people like keenan. 114,000 jobs were added last month. less than in august or july. but the all important employment rate fell to 7 .8%. the lowest since president obama took office. officials at the white house say there is still more work to be d
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
romney is articulating and espousing. we had crushing unemployment. unemployment went up there is a month. as a result of policies that democrats have been articulating, we're going in a better direction. i would rather be going in that direction. these numbers are good -- not as a matter politics -- but good for the country and that is what counts. >> a lot to ask a couple questions about campaign strategy. with medicare. i know that when paul ryan was picked as the vice-presidential nominee, i don't think there's anybody that was more excited about that then you work and you have made a living out of all ryan's budget and turning medicare into a voucher program. i wonder if you think that line of attack on republicans has panned out as well as you thought it would come given the fact that the romney campaign has pointed that out. >> i can give you some empirical evidence that those perfectly misplaced priorities by republicans in voting to end medicare in order to fund tax cuts for millionaires, that those priorities have helped democrats across the board. governor romney chose paul rya
FOX
Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm EDT
in the newsroom. thank you. >>> mitt romney responding to thjobs report and called the rate insignificant and said this is not what a real recovery looks like. the numbers are deceptive and the president's made the economy worse. >> looks like unemployment is getting better. the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce, today or on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. that is the real reality of what is happening out there. >> mitt romney is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. so how are the new job numbers impacting the race for the white house? jack burkman and democratic strategist gary nordlinger from george washington school join us. thank you for being here. >> good afternoon. >> the fact that the unemployment rate fell below 8% the first time since the president took office should give them a boost. is it enough to help erase the lackluster performance in the debate? >> i don't know if it's enough to equal out the debate. the point is that it's good news for them and for the first time since january of 2009, une
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >>> whiplash. tonight, just 30 days to go, the biggest crowd yet for mitt romney but the president fueled too by the lowest unemployment rate since he took office. the new eye-opening polls and of that debate. look who's talking? >> here now to comment, big bird. [ cheers and applause ] >> big bird weighing in. >>> and charged up. the daredevil once frozen in ice then buried alive now shocking himself letting perfect strangers zap him. >>> good evening on this sunday night. we begin with that deadly outbreak of meningitis. we learned late today it is quickly spreading. all because of those steroid shots to the spine for patients who thought they were getting relief from their pain. just in the last 24 hours at least 27 more people have become sick. that brings the total number of cases to 91 now. at least seven people have now died from this and tonight a troubling new development. the massachusetts company that made that steroid shot is now recalling every single product it makes out of what it calls an abundance of caution. abc's mark greenblatt leads us off. >> reporter: the pharmacy at th
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
to maintain his lead in the polls and recover from a weak debate against mitt romney. danielle lee has what the numbers mean. >> reporter: the unemployment rate delivered president obama a preelection gift. the number of people without jobs fell to 7.8%, marking the first time it's been below 8% during obama's presidency. >> there's still that willingness for all of us to see that more people are put back to work, but in this particular report, i'm happy to see we see a continued growth. >> reporter: employers added 114,000 jobs in september and 86,000 jobs that hadn't been accounted for in july and august. the numbers shocked analysts who predicted the rate would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> reporter: presint obama called the september report proof the economy is improving under his policies. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i can't allow that to happen. >> reporter: mitt romney continued his argument in tv ads launching today that the recovery is too slow. >> i have a plan to create 12 millio
CBS
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
report with unemployment below 8% robbed romney of one of his most reliable campaign lines. he said friday the economy should be better and that the decline in the unemployment rate showed how much people are struggling. >> looks like unemployment is getting better. the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day that the president got elected our unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> reporter: now advisers tell me romney will continue prosecuting the case against the president on the economy. we saw him start that on wednesday night's debate. romney will be doing more debate prep here in orlando. the next presidential debate is week after next. we have a vice presidential debate later this week. >> jan crawford in orlando, florida. thanks. >>> and joining us now, senior u.s. economist and from washington cbs news political director john dickerson. it is gate to have both of you with us. i want to begin with you elsen about the jobs report. how do you characterize it? >> i wou
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm PDT
a two-step and reposition and got an extreme makeover. >> crushed by romney on wednesday, he gets a huge boost with the new jobs report. the numbers are surprising, unemployment rate below 8% for the first time in his presidency. but is it enough to stop a surging romney? >> if we were to re-elect president obama i don't think we would measure up to the test of time. >> tonight, the one man who has debated both of them, senator john mccain joins me. >> frankly, i didn't expect the president to do that poorly. >> he knows when to hold them and when to fold them. ♪ know when to walk away and know when to run ♪ >> the legendary kenny rogers, taking on politics -- >> in all fairness i really wanted obama to be a great president. >> and talking about his music and his love life. oh, s, and we sing a duet. ♪ islands in the stream ♪ that is what we are >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> we begin with tonight's big story with just 32 days before the election, the new jobs report numbers are out and they are shaking up the race again. the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, the lowest sin
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 12:00am PDT
. the unemployment numbers are giving obama the boost he needed but romney says the numbers aren't nearly good enough. joining me is former clinton press secretary, dee dee myers and republican strategist, john bravender. john, let me start with you. presumably all republicans are feeling a surge of great excitement following the debate. how much has that been dissipated by what are undeniably very good jobs figures today? >> first of all, i guess i would argue that they are as good as either you're saying or particularly that obama is saying. if you look at the adjusted numbers for july and august, actually the new numbers aren't any better than that. if you look, the only reason that unemployment is going down is they're taking more and more people who have basically given up or are underemployed out of the equation and so what has happened is we're now starting to accept and get excitement over mediocrity. but i will say this. the good news for the president is we're discussing the job numbers today and whether they're good, bad or whatever rather than his debate performance. i think that's actual
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
, romney of his lines of attack. we have had 43 straight months of unemployment above 8%. what has the president had to say? he says, "forward." >> romney is trailing president obama in the polls. the candidates have spent many s practicing. he will huddled with top today.s once again senator robert portman of ohio explain the role of president debates.mock >> i don't like him very much anymore after these mock debates. >> president obama made some calls to a few unsuspecting voters. >> hi, this is barack obama. how are you? >> the president and romney have for days.rsing senator john kerry is playing of mitt romney in mr. obama's practice sessions. the last time the president debated was four years ago and of practice, he says. 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debate. said yesterday the debate is more than just who top. out on tahman bradley, abc news. >> it is 63 degrees outside. still ahead, there could be adrivers with still ahead, there could be adrivers with eggs, bacon, and pancakes. denny's everyday value slam is four dollars every day. wait, is that right
FOX News
Oct 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
. if mitt romney remind people we have 11.7 unemployment not 8.1 america's best days cannot be behind her they have to be in front of her i think he wins by not having a moment but having a moment of real leadership and real maturity. >> in that first debate wednesday october 3rd fox news channel coverage starts at precisely at 8:55 p.m. with meg megan kelly and bret baier. >> not a minute later than that. 8:55. >> before you leave your house let's get the first degree weather update. >> we have a lot of heavy ooifrn the weekend. todayed rain is over tennessee and the carolinas already starting to see some of that early this morning and some of the heavy rain into portions of eastern alabama. it will be impacting us through portions of the mid atlantic as we head into early monday morning and wednesday many across portions of new england will be dealing with some of the heavy rain. we could be looking at a couple days of impacts from the stoerp system in the form of possibly flash flooding on some of the heavier storms with this large storm system and also severe weather will be possible
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
hailing friday's unemployment numbers. governor romney on a roll after wednesday's debate. and with just 30 days until election day some polls show the race tightening. coming up, we'll break it all down for you. >>> a new trend in an increasing number of companies pea touring overweight people in their ads. is this a new age in advertising? we'll talk about it. >>> then, this is a crazy story, listen to this, a south carolina man comes home from vacation to find things in his house just as he left them. great, no problem. but hold on. when his kids go on facebook they see something familiar, their house, with other teenagers having a wild party right there in their home. coming up, why these teens could be in big trouble all because they overshared online. >> a little risky business. >>> a bit later i'll catch up with the director and the cast of the "princess bride." it was released 25 years ago. hard to believe. didn't make a big splash at the time certainly at the box office but since then it's become so somewhat of a cult classic. its lines are often quoted. the robin wright film an
FOX News
Oct 7, 2012 4:00pm PDT
from the romney campaign that that unemployment rate had been above 8% for better part of the administration, they he can't say that anymore, it's a volatile number. only one more unemployment number to come out. released friday, november 2nd, four days before the election, a lot of people are going to be watching for that one, harris. >> and then going to the poles, doug. good to see you, thank you very much. let's push in deeper. while the national unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, the economy added only 114,000 jobs, and that's still very far short of where hiring should be for a healthy economy. and we find the numbers are far more bleak for some particular groups. molly henneberg, takes a look at this part of the story from washington. >> three of president obama's most loyal voting blocks in the 2008 election are struggling in the current economy. remember, september's national unemployment rate is 7.8%, and breaking that down by demographics, african-americans, 13.4% unemployed. that's up from 11.3% this time four years ago. hispanics, 9.9% unemployed. up from 8% i
CBS
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm PDT
in the summer. romney pointed out the unemployment rate doesn't reflect people who stopped looking for work. >> if the same share of people were participating until the workforce today as on the day that the president got elected, why, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> reporter: 8.8 million lost jobs during the recession. just under half of those jobs have been added back. that means millions of jobs still to go. and a task that will take longer than the 32 days remaining until the election. california's rate still close it 11%. the next government jobs report comes out the first week in november just days before the election. >>> the labor report pushed the dow to a five-year high today. the dow ended the workweek up 35 points to close at 13,610. the other major indices lost ground today. the nasdaq dropped 13, s&p lost half a point. >>> there is a major driving force to one of the bay area's hottest housing markets. schools are attracting home buyers to the san ramon valley. the cbs 5 reporter ann notarangelo shows us, there's a side effect to that popularity. >> reporter: qua
FOX News
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
these new unemployment numbers as another sign of a stalled economy. governor romney expected to make comments at a rally in abington, virginia, any moment, but his campaign issued a statement that read, quote: >> reporter: there will be, jon, one more jobs report to come out before the election, that coming out on november 2nd, the friday just four days before election day. we will find out then whether two months in a row of job report makes a positive trend or not. everybody will be. watching that one, jon. jon: and the revisions down the road. doug mckelway in washington. thank you. jenna: doug just mentioned governor mitt romney on the campaign trail today. his event in virginia, we heard from the president about an hour ago. let's go ahead and take a listen to governor romney. [cheers and applause] >> mitt! mitt! mitt! mitt! >> thank you. thank you. gosh, i just spent a half hour or so with some of your fine citizens from the this area, folks who are working in this area that want to keep working in this area, a wonderful couple that has a farm that now they wonder whether they'
FOX News
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am PDT
our economy forward, as he has for 31 straight months. and 44-month low in the unemployment rate. you know what is really shocking is that you have republicans, colleagues of mine, mitt romney, reince priebus, disappointed to continue the football analogy. they were rooting for a fumble and it's unbelievable that they are disappointed that we have a 44-month low in the unemployment rate. the american enterprise institute said that anyone talks about cooking the books is living in crazy town. so i guess chairman priebeus and other republicans either are dwelling there or simply rooting for failure. we need to continue to move our economy forward. >> shannon: the same grandpa, aei, said that under the president's plan, taxes would go up by $4,000 are they right? >> the tax policy center, which made up of economists from the bush administration and as well as the clinton administration, their asis says when it comes to mitt romney's and paul ryan's budget plan, it would cost $2,000 to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, it turns medicare into a voucher system. that's on
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> mitt romney countered that 7.8% is nothing to celebrate. >> the reason it's come down is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> some conservatives continue to suggest that the president's labor department cooked the jobs report for his political gain, but most experts have roundly slapped down that possibility. numbers and politics with economist mark zandi and douglas holtz-akin and jackie of the "new york times" and cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin, next. a speed bump! [ wife ] a beached whale! lawn clippings! a mattress. a sausage link. mermaid. honey!? driftwood. come on, you gotta help us out here a little. [ male announcer ] febreze eliminates odors and leaves carpets fresh. ♪ [ male announcer ] febreze. eliminates odors and leaves carpets fresh. ♪ but proven technologies allow natural gas producers to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 9:00am PDT
with the unemployment rate. >> so it's too high? >> i want to play something that romney said saturday and get, first of all, your economic take and then the political take. >> it's the number of people. it's the percentage of the american population in the work force were the same today as when he was elected, our unemployment rate would be above 11%. this is inexcusable that a nation that's so prosperous as ours. >> this is the work force has shrunk argument. >> and the numbers are real. labor force paicipation, the fraction of people actually trying to find a job or have a job is at levels we haven't seen since 1981, and so the question becomes how many of those have left the labor force for good pursuits like retirement or to go to school, and how many are just so discouraged they've given up, and if it's really the latter, then we have a lot of ground to cover. >> we know demographics are playing a key role here. we're all getting older. baby boomers are approaching retirement, and they're retiring, so the participation rate that's fallen 2.5 percentage points in the past four or five years, 1.5
FOX News
Oct 7, 2012 1:00pm PDT
care costs. >>reporter: the september report deprives the romney campaign that unemployment is above 8 percent for all of the entire obama presidency. that, obviously; in longer the case. hit health republican -- >>heather: ins say the underemployment rate could be more meaningful. why? >>reporter: that is unchanged. part-time jobs wereeported created last month. in other words, people cannot find full-time work so they are settling for part-time jobs. for too many members that does not pay the bills. >>heather: thank you, doug. >>gregg: tensions in spain with a new round of economic protests breaking out in dozens of cities. tens of thousands of protests are filling the streets upset with the cuts in government spending. one the biggest demonstrations taking place in madrid. there were 20,000 people marching there. protesters say that the austerity cuts will only increase unemployment and job insecurity. the jobless rate in spain already is nearly 25 percent. health thousands of pastors fighting for their right to preach politics just in time for election day, pulpit freedom sunday, a
NBC
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am EDT
policies for warned. >> romney said the unemployment rate fell because people gave up. >> when i'm president of the united states, that employment rate is gonna come down not because people are giving up and dropping out of the work force, but because we're creating more jobs. >> on social media, some accuse the president obama administration of doctoring the jobs numbers. former general electric ceo jack welsh wrote, these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate? change the numbers. >> it's ludicrous to hear that statement. >> secretary of labor denies any political motivation, saying the numbers are real. while romney launches tv ads promising to do better than president obama -- >> i have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs. >> -- obama is celebrating this report. >> this country has come too far to turn back now. >> a bench mark, he says, proves america is on the right track. economists say the number of new jobs being created is still not enough to significantly lower the unemployment rate. the next jobs report comes out just four days before the election. in w
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 4:30am EDT
and romney are tied. romney appears to have an edge on the top two economic issueses unemployment, and the budget deficit. for obama he holds the advantage on domestic issues, education, medicare, taxes, immigration and health care. these noneconomic issues are the first topics up for debate wednesday night. voters will be judging the candidates personal qualities. obama's favoritability rating
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 1:00pm PDT
. >> highest unemployment. >> and the houses are upside down, and that's going to go with romney, iowa, obama. >> you think obama? >> again out there, the republicans have evened the registration divide, but -- >> michigan, the ryan bump does not exist. >> if you give that, the president is reelected. the president is like six points, but -- >> he wins. >> and virginia is a toss up, we'll give it to romney. >> new hampshire has gotten away -- >> you're giving that to the president too? >> so you have him at 284 with virginia a question mark. >> i don't know. >> let's give it to romney. >> if you give it to him, it's still a convincing win. this is what confounds a lot of republicans, he says why is romney not doing better here. they also say look at this, if you look at this historically, this is the first three quarters of gdp in the reelection years. george h.w. bush had growth, but people did not buy it. bill clinton has a big quarter, george w. bush got through what was a pretty struggling economy, but president obama's first two quarters, dismal compared even to 2004. how is this preside
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. >> and unemployment levels are at historic highs among youth today. >> the problem romney has is he says if i'm elected president i will do the following things. the problem is when he was governor he actually raised the debt to the highest level per capita at any place in america. he increased tuition. and he increased taxes. those aren't the things he's saying on the campaign trail. that's just what he did as governor. >> so here's the thing i would say to you, governor. if governor romney's track record is relevant, then president obama's track record is relevant. and under president obama the debt has gone to $16 trillion -- he has racked up under his presidency more debt in a single term than every president combined before him. >> that was true with reagan, carter, nixon. >> you have to sit and deal with that track record. >> one other issue we haven't talked about yet, one of these 15-minute segments is going to be about health care. what is the question for mitt romney? i think he should double down and just explain the difference between romney care and obama care. he should own it.
MSNBC
Oct 7, 2012 11:00am PDT
got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >>> the economy is again the central focus as jobs numbers drop the unemployment rate below 8%. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> a sign of recovery just as voters head to the polls? we cover it all this morning, the policy fights emerging from the debate and the politics. what does the debate reveal about these two men. plus, a preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel, joining us, obama campaign senior adviser, robert gibbs, former republican presidential candidate, newt gingrich. democratic strategist, hilary rosen. republican strategist, mike murphy, and nbc's chief white house correspond correspondent and political director, chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week, a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes. >> i
PBS
Oct 5, 2012 4:30pm PDT
romney's signature stump speech about how long the unemployment rate has been above eight percent. >> the reason its come down this year is because more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> tom: today's report actually showed people returned to the labor force in september. it's the first time since last october the unemployment rate fell while more people entered in the workforce. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy and score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> tom: only one more monthly job report remains before election day. and with such high stakes, former general electric c.e.o. jack welch stirred up controversy with this comment on twitter, accusing president obama's re-election campaign of essentially manipulating the report. - quote - unbelievable jobs numbers...these chicago guys will do anything..-end quote. the bureau of labor statistics is where the data comes from each month. it is a non-partisan government agency. meantime, the government red ink
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
of denver, where tomorrow night, president obama and mitt romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his attacks. >> we had 40-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate is practicing. huddled with mock advisers. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has been rehearsing for days. senator john kerry is playing romney in president obama's practice sessions. the president is out of practice. the
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
a criticism of the president because the unemployment rate was above 8%. you've heard mitt romney and other republicans attack the president saying that rate was above 8%. it is no longer above 8%. i think that number is important. what you may hear republicans attack the president on these numbers, as christine romans was just telling you, not enough jobs. only 114,000 jobs created. more than analysts predicted but probably not the number needed to reverse course and really kick-start this economy. we will see probably in the next few minutes reaction from the romney campaign, other republicans and i'm sure you'll hear the candidate himself, the former governor, talk about it on the trail today, carol. >> we've heard a familiar criticism. conservatives are already reacting to the 7.8% unemployment rate saying, these numbers are wrong. they're just wrong. we don't believe them. how can they be? and this has been sort of a -- it's become a familiar tactic. >> are you talking about that tweet, i guess, from jack welch, talking about maybe the obama campaign was cooking the books. i don't know
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am EDT
and mitt romney visiting swing states in the keeping an eye on today's unemployment report. an economist says it looks like the economy we have now is the one we'll have on election day. >> i do not think we will see any movement that will sway this election either way. >> the unemployment rate does have an effect on voters. including those who are looking for jobs. or those who have dropped out of the labor force altogether. >> you can blame obama and you could say it is not his fault. it is another reminder that the recovery is not going smoothly. >> the federal reserve is doing almost everything in its power to provide the conditions for further economic growth. >> it is up to congress and whoever is elected this fall to make a difference. >> we can wait or we can change our policies and have a more aggressive fiscal policy. >> it could be another 3 per quarter years before we see the jobless rate go below 6% -- it could be another three or four years before we see the jobless rate go below 6%. the nation has been adding jobs. we're feeling more confident in the economy. debt is down.
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 4:30am PDT
, mitt romney plucked him, and now big bird is pecking back. cnn's jeanne moos milks the mockery. >> reporter: he's gone from being a happy-go-lucky bird. ♪ i'm happy to be me >> reporter: to the unemployment line all because of a couple of mitt romney lines. >> jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. stop other things. i like pbs, i love big bird, but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for it. >> reporter: let the mockery begin. obama got bin laden. i'll get big bird. you tell that so and so romney anyone who bleeps with big bird bleeps with me. big bird even extended his middle finger at the candidate. >> and you're going to count on one that we all know and love. >> reporter: big bird started his own big bird parody account. reacted by crying and showed up in a deployment split screen. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. >> reporter: his reaction was a scream. >> not going to keep spending on money to borrow money from china to pay for it. >> aghh! >> reporter: his response included a message. >> f-u-m-i -- >> reporter: a messa
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am PDT
the unemployment rate falling to 7.8%. where does the romney campaign go from here? i'm joined by a republican spokesman. romney has said the president's policies right-hand turn working and the 8% was an indication of that. what's the response now? >> well, i think clearly the number of americans who are still looking for work, the people -- the work force participation rate is still far, far too high, so i don't think that 7.8% unemployment is something anybody, even the democrats, are cheering about. so i think that the president still clearly has a case to make for why another four years are going to be better under his leadership. >> the democrats would say, as they've said on our air this morning, that it is heading in the right direction at least. but normally a jobs number comes and goes, but yesterday certainly quite a bit of controversy over this latest number. some republicans, including former ge ceo jack welch saying that the number may not be kw t correct. welch tweeted this. unbelievable jobs numbers. the chicago guys will do nothing. can't debate so change numbers. does the ro
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 10:00am EDT
of the romney campaign's longest running talking points. 43 months of unemployment, over 8%, and the president to blame. >> 8% unemployment for over -- how many, 43 months? we still have unemployment over 8%. he told us to hold unemployment below 8%. >> unemployment above 8% month after month after month. >> but all that changed yesterday. the bureau of labor statistics reporting the unemployment rate falling to 7.8%. where does the romney campaign go from here? i'm joined by a republican spokesman. romney has said the president's policies right-hand turn working and the 8% was an indication of that. what's the response now? >> well, i think clearly the number of americans who are still looking for work, the people -- the work force participation rate is still far, far too high, so i don't think that 7.8% unemployment is something anybody, even the democrats, are cheering about. so i think that the president still clearly has a case to make for why another four years are going to be better under his leadership. >> the democrats would say, as they've said on our air this morning, that it is hea
CBS
Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm PDT
on, 7.8% unemployment. thissed yesterday. has this taken any wind out of lkvernor romney's sails? >> reporter: well, talk about a lymentum stopper there, jim. i mean, what it has done it really rob romney of one of his sost reliable lines in his hempaign speeches. i've heard him say over and eser, under president obama, has neyment has never been below 8%. obviously, he's not saying that now. instead what we saw yesterday and what he's going to say here in this rally tonight is it d bed be better and it would be better if he were president, reminding people of just how much americans in this country are struggling and saying those numbers just don't reflect how bad this economy really is. >> axelrod: what else do you expect, jan, in the run-up to the second debate? foreporter: well, what we've already seen is more focus, more aggressiveness coming from governor romney after that debate, but, jim, there is one other thing that is so striking. i've never seen it in the 10 months i've covered this campaign as what we saw last night in st. petersburg, mitt mneyey, very private man, d
CBS
Oct 5, 2012 11:00pm EDT
last month and the unemployment rate dipped from 8.1 to 7.8%. >> but a major drop in unemployment just before the election has some questioning those results. mitt romney is campaigning in virginia today as well. he says many of those new jobs are part-time and that, he says, is not what a real recovery looks like. >> even those that have jobs are having tough times. the middle class is being squeezed with higher and higher costs and incomes that have gone down. >> but history says this latest jobs report could play a part in the election. no president has been reelected with unemployment above 8% since the great depression. but there is one more jobs report that comes out the first week of november just days before the voting. >>> here in d.c., we are paying $3.91 a gallon for gas. if you think that's pricey, be glad you don't live in california. overnight, prices jumped 17 cents out on the west coast to $4.49. that's the highest in the nation. and in many parts of the state, prices climbed 40 cents per gallon just this week. some gas stations have shut down. there's a supply shorta
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 5:00am EDT
to an end. and between mitt romney's strong debate performance and a slight drop in the unemployment numbers, there have been some game changing twists this week and peter alexander has the latest from the campaign trail. >> after a week that re-energized republicans and reinvigorated the race, president obama is trying to blunt mitt romney's momentum, embracing the unemployment news. >> more americans are entering the work force, more americans are getting jobs. >> but romney hasn't ceded ground, last night attacking the president for what he calls failed policy that is stifle growth. >> the participation of our adults in the workforce were the same at the time he was elected, our unemployment rate would be 11%. >> $181 million funds raised by the obama in september. with romney collecting more than $12 million following the debate. >> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $1 81 million, allowing them potentially to compete one-on-one with the republican money. >> romney facing lingering questions about recent asse
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 9:00pm PDT
and got an extreme makeover. >> crushed by romney on wednesday, he got a huge boost of new job supports. unemployment below 8.7 for the first time since his presidency. >> if we were to reelectricity preside -- reelect president obama, i don't think we would stand the test of time. >> frankly, i don't think the president should do that poorly. >>> and he knows when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. kenny rogers taking up politics? >> i really wanted obama to be a great president. >> we tell you about his singing and his love life. >>. ♪ islands in the stream, that is what we are ♪ >> we begin with tonight's big story, just 32 days before the big election. unlike wednesday's debate, they're shaking up the employment rates again. it's the lowest since obama was inaugerated. both candidates trading jabz tod das jabs today in the battleground state of va vachlt. >> today's news is certainly not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. [ applause ] >> when i'm president of the united states --
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 7:00am PDT
with dramatic turns. the latest economic numbers last week showed the unemployment rate was better than expected. in his weekly address, president obama talked about the sudden drop from 8.1% to 7.8% while mitt romney and the republican contender gave his own take on why. >> the number to people if percentage of the american population in the workforce were the same today as the day he was elected, our unemployment rate would be above 11%. >> more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> the unemployment news not talk of wednesday night's presidential debates and the president's poor performance right out of the headlines. some republicans suggest that the labor department's timing was no convince. the vice presidential candidates are also getting ready for their first debate thursday night in kentucky. >>> big bird is still making headlines after last week's presidential debate. republican mitt romney mentioned the beloved character when talked about the nation's debt and cutting funding for pbs. last night on "saturday night live," the beloved big bird responde
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
. president's job rating. romney's favorability rating that number is still under water he has problems and the question of which candidate is better equipped to manage the economy. remember the unemployment rate is 5.9% in virginia. romney's favorable in florida but under in virginia and ohio. when it comes to who is better able to manage the economy a question on which romney has staked his candidacy romney has a margin of error lead in florida and virginia. the president leads on that question in ohio. with iowa, new hampshire and ohio headed to the obama column that puts the president at 265 and that means romney has to run the table on the remaining states to get to 270. if the debate doesn't move romney's numbers in ohio he may face the same decision al gore faced in 2000 whether to take the pr hit. all of this explains why tonight's debate is so crucial. >> it is spectacular and i have never seen it before. >> a 726 foot monument to government infrastructure. in denver romney's break time was lunch to chipotle. the candidates off the trail on tuesday and the two men picked up the
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